December 26, 1979 — January 1, 2015
Ryan Lynn-Harker, 35, of Peoria, passed away at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria. A private interment, with Military Honors by the InterVeterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County, will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.
Ryan was born on December 26, 1979, the son of Michael Harker and Dorothy Lynn. His father preceded him in death.
He is survived by his mother, of Peoria; daughter, Beverly Harker of Manito; sons, Philip and James Harker of Manito; brothers, William (Tina Schierer) Wagley of East Peoria and Michael Wagley of Peoria; sister, Sara Gresham Graham of Iowa; aunts, Jennie Ice and Carol (Larry) McKinney, all of Peoria; companion, Sarah Godsey of Peoria; and several nephews and cousins.
In 2006, Ryan enlisted in the National Guard and served at Ft. Bragg, NC, before being transferred to Afghanistan. He returned home from the war in 2010 and earned the Army Commendation Medal for Operation Enduring Freedom. He was dedicated to the military.
He was employed as a Supervisor with Vonachen Services in Peoria. He had a deep love for music and enjoyed traveling to see concerts. He always had a smile that was contagious. He loved being around children and children loved being around him. In his heart, he cared for all things, including dogs, reptiles and many other species.
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